Step 3: Tenure Line Appointment

Assistant Professor

Creation of a Tenure Line appointment requires prior approval by the Dean of NHS and the Executive Vice President.  Applications for Tenure Line appointments will not be considered without this approval.  If you have any questions after reviewing the Tenure requirements, please contact the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Dr. Elliott Crooke. 

Tenure Line Appointment Checklist: Assistant Professor Rank

Electronic documents should be submitted by your department administrator via Interfolio.  Documents should be ordered and named in Interfolio as described below.  

Discuss with your academic chair.  

Before you do any of the below, you must first discuss with your academic chair and confirm the appropriate appointment or promotion for you.  If you do not know your academic chair, you may find them on the Department Chair and Admin list.

  • Chair’s letter of support is addressed to the Chair of APT, Professor John Kraemer
  • Chair’s letter addresses prior experience and future plans for teaching, research, and service
  • Should be dated no earlier than four months before submission via Interfolio
  • Recommendations for Chair’s Letter

  • The CV must be formatted using the NHS template and signed by the applicant​
  • Sections that are not applicable should be indicated with N/A or deleted from the format
  • NHS CV Template

  • Address achievements and goals in teaching, scholarship, and service

  • For Tenure Line, Assistant Professor the applicant needs three letters of recommendation
  • Letters are addressed to the Chair of the Department
  • Letters must be submitted on letterhead and physically signed (not typed) by the writer
  • Writers must type their name and current rank underneath their signature
  • Writers must identify the track and rank the applicant is applying for, and whether the applicant is going for appointment or promotion in the letter
  • The three letters of support are from individuals who are familiar with the applicants qualifications as an educator, scholar, colleague, and practitioner, where applicable
  • All letters should come from writers who are at or above the rank sought by the applicant
  • Should be dated no earlier than four months before submission via Interfolio​

  • Evidence of highest degree is provided in one of the following formats: notarized copy of degree, letter from the registrar, or copy of transcript
  • Degree Release Verification form

  • Major scholarly publications completed since appointment or the last promotion should be included in the dossier.  

  • Provide systematic or summary of all teaching evaluations at previous institutions and/or letter(s) of evaluation from course director(s)
  • Note: Individual student evaluations will not be accepted and will result in the return of the application.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  Submit to the Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs (OFAA) at least 10 days prior to anticipated APT review meeting. Please work with your Department Administrator or Human Resources Contact (HRC) to discuss the application process and when they need the paperwork from you before the deadline.  See the APT Review Meeting Schedule.  You can also view the schedule for Spring 2022 below:

APT Deadlines Spring 2022
Deadline for Departments to finish uploading the appointment applications in Interfolio:APT Meeting Dates: 9 – 11 AM 
January 14, 2022January 28, 2022
February 1, 2022February 15, 2022
March 11, 2022March 25, 2022
April 5, 2022April 19, 2022
April 29, 2022May 13, 2022